Haus an den 7 Wegen

Grafenmuehlenweg 220, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, D-51069, Germany
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Koeln Jan 2007

by Robmeister

I shall be visiting Cologne with a friend from Jan 5th-Jan 8th. we are staying at the Staion Hostel.
We are looking for tips as to where to visit other than the obvious tourist areas. We have a list of rec. beer halls etc including am hof, paffgen, sion etc but may travel further afield eg Bonn.
We also intend to do a Rhine trip (weather permitting in Jan!)

If anyone wishes to meet up for a beer then let us know. We've only just signed up for this so haven't had time to put much in the way of details on homepage.

RE: Koeln Jan 2007

by Sjalen

Bonn is a nice place to visit for a daytrip. I don't know if there will be boat trips along the Rhine in January due to the water levels in the Rhine, but you can always go by train and hop on and off with a regional day ticket. Just make sure you catch a regional train stopping everywhere (this might require changing in Koblenz) such as Bacharach. It is a scenic journey!

Another nice daytrip is to Aachen, Charlemagne's capital with a very impressive cathedral (nicer than Cologne's in my opinion).

I see you've already got Päffgen on your list so you'll be OK as for Kölsch :)))

Travel Tips for Cologne

Climb the Cathedral Tower

by maykal

For 3DM (half that if you have a student card) you can climb the cathedral tower and look at the bells. The main reason for this, obviously, is to look at the view from the top, although 552 steps is quite a climb, especially when it is crowded, the staircase is narrow and spiral, and for the first 300 there is only one route for ascending and descending, so there are plenty of 'traffic jams'. The viewing platform is a bit cramped (but I don't suppose it can be helped, really!) but the views are spectacular. (Sorry, I've forgotten to scan my photo of the view, so you'll have to imagine it for now!!!)

Shopping mecca

by diocletianvs

I was in Cologne at the beginning of the Christmas times and the big shopping maddness. Although it was late Saturday afternoon all the shops were open and although there was light rain there were literally thousands of shoppers in this shopping mecca. The main shopping streets are along the Hohe Strasse - a typical pedestrian shopping street with several nice 19th Century buildings but mostly with rather uninspiring 1960s architecture and the usual brands you can find everywhere around Germany and Europe.

Cycling in Cologne

by Nemorino

1. Cyclists waiting for a green light
2. Cycling on a bicycle lane (painted stripe)
3. Red bicycle stripe at an intersection
4. Bicycle lane on the sidewalk (poorly marked)
5. Riding on the street

Like most German cities, Cologne in the 21st century has made notable improvements in its cycling infrastructure. The city now claims to have a network of bicycle routes totaling 2000 kilometers, of which 800 were especially built for bicycles (the rest just painted on the streets or sidewalks).

At particularly dangerous intersections they have also started painting red bicycle stripes for increased safety (third photo). These red stripes, which can now be seen in many German and Swiss cities, are the equivalent of the blue stripes in Copenhagen and the white symbols and arrows in Paris.

The city of Cologne claims that cycling now accounts for 16 % of all traffic in the city -- better than Frankfurt's 14 % but less than half of the 37.6 % share registered in Münster (Westfalen).

Excellent Turkish Family Restaurant

by RhineRoll about Restaurant Kilim

Among the many Turkish restaurants in Cologne-Mühlheim, Kilim deserves a special mention. This is an authentic place many Turkish families go to. Reasonable prices. A Turkish bakery also belongs to the premises. 3 Steps prevent wheelchair users from accessing the restaurant on their own. However, there will always be enough lads around to give you a hand. Try their Kebaps. They traditionally come with 2 varieties of rice and a salad and 2 varieties of bread. To have some dressing/sauce, you should definitely order a bowl of Cacik (Tsaziki) -- the restaurant does one of the best Caciks you are likely to find anywhere :)) Of course, you must also order a glass of their excellent Ayran, and there is a pretty good variety of tempting Turkish sweets freshly made on premises... :))

Grand traditional art collection

by jayhawk2000

These new premises, opened 2000, house a wonderful collection that surveys Western art from medieval altar pieces to Impressionist gift wrap via Reubens and Rembrandt. For the rundown on what's inside, just take a look at the names carved into the side of the gallery's exterior!

I was disappointed that they did not offer a colour catalogue of the collection, which is a souvenir we try to buy from each gallery we visit. It's also not easy to navigate or well signposted, but basically you take a lift to the top and work your way down. Allow about an hour; it's an esteemed collection, but not unmanageable. Special exhibitions attracting an extra admission charge are housed in the basement.

Half price entry with tourist card (5.80 euro in April 2004 without). Open Tues 10-8, Wed-Fri 10-6, Sat-Sun 11-6, closed Mon.


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